We unite as the Oakmont Presbyterian Church and affirm that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit calls us to a dynamic ministry that speaks God’s Word and embodies the divine compassion. We realize that the chief purpose of individuals and of churches is to glorify God. Therefore, in a time when people are over-committed by family, work, and community responsibilities, we commit ourselves to regular worship of God that reconnects us with God and fills us with joy and the zeal of faith. We commit ourselves to develop and sustain a vibrant educational ministry through which we may all grow in our spiritual lives.
We acknowledge that people in our community still suffer and that God reaches out that they might know abundant life. As God’s people have been responsive to the needs of others, we commit ourselves to opening our hearts. We will identify and address the needs of those around us.
As God’s agents of reconciliation, we commit ourselves to being the bridge between God and those around us who are not a part of God’s family. We will develop the skills and events that will make us God’s effective messengers.
The Sundays in Ordinary Time...
Are “the Sundays we count” after Pentecost until Advent begins and the Sundays after Epiphany until Lent begins. The term “ordinary,” originally came from “ordinal,” as in ordinal numbers (“first,” “second,” “third”…). Another way of viewing this is that “God works not only in the drama of Pentecost, but even in the ordinary circumstances of our lives.” Ordinary Time covers the period between the cycles of the Church (Liturgical) Year that focus on Christ’s saving work. This season has no central theme as does Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter. Yet in every season, the foundation of worship is Sunday, the Lord’s Day, when we recall Christ’s triumph over sin and death. The Liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green, symbolizing growth in Christ and our life of faith, except for festival days when we use white.
Baptismal Font/Paschal Candle
Our former baptismal font was rededicated for use as the holder for our paschal candle and the unity wedding candle. The current font was given in memory of Ethel LaMonte, a member of this church from October 5, 1947 to the time of her death, May 24, 1970. She was Bob Repp’s aunt. The paschal candle is a large candle used during Easter to indicate the presence of the risen Christ with the people of God. It is also used at baptisms and funerals to indicate dying and rising with Christ and the celebration of Christ’s victory over death. The unity candle used at some weddings symbolizes the two lives being united in marriage. The new baptismal bowl was the gift of an anonymous donor and allows the water of baptism to be visible by all. The font stand is given in memory of longtime member, Lila Hanna, through a generous gift by her family and by the Memorial Committee. Lila Hanna was a member of this church and active in various leadership positions from December 16, 1951 to the time of her death, March 1, 2010. The four “arms” of the font stand rise as if arms lifted in praise for the gift of baptism by which we are cleansed from sin and marked as Christ’s own forever. The design of the font allows the water of baptism to be visible during baptisms and other times of worship.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
Following Time with the Children, children age 4 – 5th grade are invited to continue their worship downstairs all Sunday mornings except the first Sunday when Communion is celebrated. They will remain with their families on that Sunday. The Children in Worship program is designed to teach young children to worship God in a special place. There they will be with God, talk to God, listen to God and hear the stories of God. The children have an opportunity to respond to God’s word through art and manipulation of story materials.